Earth Day

In conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, PBS stations will offer a selection of themed programming with topics ranging from sustainability to agriculture to meteorology and climate change.

April 16 | 10:00 p.m.
INDEPENDENT LENS: "What Lies Upstream"

Travel to West Virginia with investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback in this detective story uncovering the troubling truth behind a massive chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for months.

April 18 | 10:00 p.m.
POV: "Bill Nye: Science Guy"

Follow popular scientist Bill Nye, a champion of climate science, on his mission to protect the planet in “Bill Nye: Science Guy. The behind-the-scenes portrait offers intimate and exclusive access into Nye’s life as he advocates for the scientific community and its findings.

April 18 | 8:00 p.m.
NOVA: "Decoding the Weather Machine"

Join scientists on a quest to better understand the weather and climate machine we call Earth. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and how can we be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change?

April 23 | 10:00 p.m.
INDEPENDENT LENS: “Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky”

Experience the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky.

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WQED Mini Docs: Our Water, Land, and Air

Mini documentaries from the WQED archives are compiled into this new half-hour program. These are stories of environmental neglect that led to positive change in our water, our land and our air. Stories include the Donora Smog pollution tragedy of 1948, the environmental comeback story of Nine Mile Run and a visit to the landmark home of Rachel Carson, a woman from Springdale, Pennsylvania who took on corporate America when few others would.

The Race to Save Pennsylvania's Bats
Re-Air: April 19 | 8:00 p.m.

Bats have gotten a bad rap for centuries. But bats control pests that destroy crops and spread disease - a service worth billions of dollars in agriculture, forestry and human health care. Now a mysterious fungus is sweeping across the country, threatening to wipe out entire species of bats. White Nose Syndrome  has killed more than a million bats in the northeast-- including over 98 percent of Pennsylvania's cave bats. Biologists are calling White Nose Syndrome the worst wildlife crisis in history with tremendous consequences for humans, too.

Two Guys, a Boat, and a Cause
Re-Air: April 18 | 8:30 p.m.

WQED profiles Three Rivers Waterkeeper, a non-profit organization that serves as a voice for the waterways throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. This program follows the dedicated environmentalists on water, on land - and even to court - as they monitor and investigate potential threats to the region's waterways, empower citizens opposed to Marcellus Shale drilling, and fight to enforce the Clean Water Act.

The Allegheny River Islands: Urban Oases
Re-Air: April 23 | 7:30 p.m.

From the shore you can see them, but very few people have been on the islands that dot the Allegheny River within a few miles of Pittsburgh. WQED explores the islands and takes viewers ashore to not only show the conservation efforts – but to see what’s actually there: from wildlife and native plants to human inhabitants and artifacts left behind.


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